• Hurdles exist for women attempting to leave abusive relationships

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    A new Oklahoma law that goes into effect Nov. 1 is designed to make domestic violence victims more aware of the dangers they face and the services available to them. Under the new law, police officers will be required to ask domestic abuse victims certain questions to assess their risk of dying at the hands of their abuser.

  • What is a victim protective order?

    Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    A victim protective order is one of the most common protections offered to victims of domestic violence. A petition to receive a protective order must be filed in the court clerk’s office of the county where either the victim or the defendant resides. A judge typically will consider issuing an emergency protective order the same day and set a court date for a hearing to extend the order. The VPO isn’t active until it has been served on the defendant. Victims can request certain protections, such as prohibiting the person from contacting them, remaining away from a home and surrendering firearms. Online The forms to file a petition for a protective order can be accessed on the Internet at

  • High-profile domestic violence cases

    Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    Tia Bloomer Tia Bloomer, 19, was stabbed to death in front of dozens of people at the Oklahoma City downtown bus station on March 16, 2012. Charged with murder is Isaiah Tryon, the father of her child. Tryon had a history of violence against Bloomer, and she was on her way to file a protective order against him when she was killed. Tryon’s trial is scheduled for January; prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Geneva L. Bowen Geneva L. Bowen, 36, not shown, was shot and killed Thanksgiving Day 2011 by her boyfriend, Landry Avery Ballard, 29, who then turned the gun on himself. Police were called to the couple’s Oklahoma City home for a domestic dispute the night before, and investigators believe Bowen left but

  • Batterers join Oklahoma City program to fight domestic violence triggers

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    Family Builders operates one of the 36 batterers-intervention programs certified by the Oklahoma attorney general’s office.

  • YWCA expects to open its new domestic violence shelter in 2015

    Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    The YWCA operates the only domestic violence shelter in Oklahoma County, and the agency is building a new shelter expected to open late spring 2015. “When victims are getting into services like ours, they are staying safer,” said Janet Peery, chief executive of YWCA Oklahoma City. The YWCA provides emergency and transitional housing, counseling, peer groups, legal and medical advocacy and sexual assault services. The agency operates a resale store called Our Sisters’ Closet at 2209 SW 74. How to get help YWCA: 917-9922 (hotline), www.ywcaokc.

  • Giants surge past Royals 11-4 to tie Series 2-all

    Updated: 12 min ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Down three runs and in danger of getting pushed to the World Series brink, Pablo Sandoval and the San Francisco Giants raised up some Panda-monium. Sandoval's single set up the tying run in the fifth inning and the 2012 Series MVP followed with a go-ahead, two-run single in the sixth that sent the Giants surging past the Kansas City Royals 11-4 Saturday night at pulsating AT&T Park. Hunter Pence, eyes ablaze, had three hits, three RBIs and a nifty sliding catch in the ninth inning, and Joe Panik hit a two-run double in a four-run seventh. San Francisco piled on 16 hits in a marathon of exactly 4 hours. "We never give up, that's the thing," Sandoval said. "We've been doing it all year in these situ

  • No. 13 Ohio State beats Penn State 31-24 in 2OT

    Updated: 30 min ago

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Quarterback J.T. Barrett scored twice in overtime to help No. 13 Ohio State escape with a 31-24 double-overtime victory over Penn State on Saturday night. The Buckeyes (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) built a 17-0 lead and were cruising when Penn State's Anthony Zettel intercepted Barrett's pass and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. Christian Hackenberg threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Saeed Blacknall early in the fourth, and Penn State (4-3, 1-3) tied it on Sam Ficken's 31-yard field goal with 9 seconds left in regulation. In the first overtime, Penn State tailback Bill Belton took a direct snap from the Wildcat formation and scored on a 10-yard run.

  • Oklahoma State football: Searching for silver linings in 24-point loss a sign of the Cowboys' rapid demise

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Two months after batting defending national champion Florida State to the wire, Oklahoma State scores one touchdown and gets a homecoming drilling, 34-10 by West Virginia. And it could have been worse.

  • Blues top Blackhawks, snap skid at 2 games

    Updated: 39 min ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Blues needed something to get them going after a two-game losing streak. A visit from the rival Chicago Blackhawks seemed to help. Jaden Schwartz, Ryan Reaves and Dmitrij Jaskin all scored, and the Blues snapped their skid with a 3-2 win against the Blackhawks on Saturday night. "We had to win one game to get things going back in the right direction," said Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, who had two assists. "There's nothing better than playing against an opponent like this, division rival, big game for us. "We know what they've done, and coming in after losing to them in the playoffs last year certainly gives it a little bit of an extra edge. I thought we all stepped up to the plate.

  • Eller breaks 2nd-period tie; Canadiens top Rangers

    Updated: 47 min ago

    MONTREAL (AP) — Carey Price has thoroughly impressed his Montreal Canadiens teammates. Price stopped 34 shots, and the Canadiens beat the New York Rangers 3-1 on Saturday night. Price has allowed just four goals in his last three starts, while stopping 93 shots — good for a .959 save percentage. Last Saturday, Price made 32 saves against Colorado, and he limited Detroit to one goal on 28 shots on Tuesday. "He's playing unbelievably," said forward Max Pacioretty, who had a goal and an assist in Montreal's Eastern Conference-leading seventh win of the season. "When you see him lead the way like that, it obviously gives us confidence and gives us motivation. It seems like we've been talking about the same thing for at

  • Zucker and Wild storm Lightning in 7-2 win

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jason Zucker is showing why Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo was so excited about his team's depth this season. Zucker scored two goals, and Minnesota routed the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-2 on Saturday night. Zach Parise and Marco Scandella both had a goal and an assist, and 13 Wild players had at least one point. "That's huge. We know we're a deep team," said Zucker, who usually skates on the fourth line. "We're four lines deep, and tonight kind of shows that. Every guy is really buying into the system and playing hard, and that's really what matters." Minnesota tied a team record with four goals on eight shots in the first period, capped by Zucker spinning around along the boards and firing the

  • Houston Baptist rallies past Nicholls State, 31-21

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — Jonathan Fleming threw a pair to touchdown passes and B.J. Kelly ran for 153 yards and a third touchdown as Houston Baptist rallied past winless Nicholls State, 31-21, on Saturday night. Down by 10 points at intermission, Beaux Hebert threw a 60-yard touchdown to Demon Bolt and Michael Henry scored from 15-yards out to give Nicholls State (0-9, 0-5 Southland) the lead, 21-17. Kelly got the Huskies (2-6, 1-4) back in front with a 29-yard run in the fourth quarter and Fleming fired a 24-yard touchdown pass to Kenneth Bibbins to put the game away. Kelly led a Houston Baptist ground game that piled up 266 yards on 66 carries. Henry finished with 90 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 20 carries to lea

  • Nielsen hat trick lifts Islanders over Stars 7-5

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Frans Nielsen has seen a lot with the New York Islanders since the 2006-07 season — and much of it has been frustrating. But in his 455th game, Nielsen notched his first hat trick, and the Islanders outlasted the Dallas Stars in a wild 7-5 win on Saturday night. Nielsen beat goalie Anders Lindback with a wrist shot at 9:39 of the third period to break a 4-4 tie after he and Nikolay Kulemin skated into the Dallas zone on a 2-on-1 rush. He scored again six minutes later and then finished with an empty-net goal with less than a second remaining. He deferred to his teammates as the Islanders won for the sixth time in eight games to start the season. "It was pretty cool," the 30-year-old Dani

  • OSU football: Cowboys left looking for answers after getting rolled by No. 22 West Virginia, 34-10

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON, Staff Writer, kfredrickson@opubco.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    STILLWATER — It’s hard to remember. Especially difficult after what happened Saturday night. But just one month prior to Oklahoma State’s 34-10 homecoming loss to West Virginia — in which the Cowboy offense converted just 2-of-15 third down attempts, mustered only one touchdown and gave up two turnovers — the aura surrounding offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich’s game plan was much different.

  • West Virginia's surprisingly good defense leading Mountaineers into Big 12 contention

    BY JENNI CARLSON, Staff Writer, jcarlson@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    West Virginia 34, Oklahoma State 10 — The Mountaineers defense has suddenly grown teeth. WVU didn’t allow a third-down conversion until the fourth quarter. They also intercepted Daxx Garman twice. A lot of the credit goes to new WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson.

  • OSU football notebook: Mike Gundy says only thing Cowboys can do is 'get ready for the next game'

    BY JOHN HELSLEY AND BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writers | Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    Saturday’s 34-10 loss to West Virginia was OSU’s second straight, dropping the Cowboys to 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the Big 12. It doesn’t get easier, with a trip to No. 11 Kansas State coming up. And the Wildcats will be coming off a 23-0 blanking of Texas that keeps them perched atop the Big 12 standings. So, what now for the Cowboys? “We’re always concerned about wins and losses,” Mike Gundy said. “Nobody (hates) to lose more than me. We’re in a society with our profession, our world of college football, where people are evaluated by wins and losses. “Our guys, our players, have to understand that us, as a staff, are appreciative of what they put in during the week. But we also challenge them to

  • OSU football: Cowboys' Kevin Peterson shuts down WVU standout Kevin White

    BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    STILLWATER – Oklahoma State faced one clear objective in slowing West Virginia’s offense. Slow Kevin White. The Mountaineers wideout entered Saturday’s game ranked No. 1 nationally in receiving yards a game and No. 2 in catches, totaling at least 100 yards in a school-record seven straight games and scoring in six of seven. It was a case for Cowboys cornerback Kevin Peterson. “Oh, I couldn’t wait all week,” Peterson said. “I told coach (Van) Malone, ‘I want to be on his side the whole game. For us to have the best opportunity to win, I want to be on him as much as I can.’ “Coach Malone said, ‘OK, he’s going to be on that side of the field most of the game, so you’ll be on that

  • OSU football: What they're saying about the Cowboys' 34-10 loss to West Virginia

    COMPILED BY KYLE FREDRICKSON, Staff Writer, kfredrickson@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State fell to 5-3 on the season and 3-2 in Big 12 Conference play after Saturday’s 34-10 home loss to West Virginia. Here’s a look at what players and coaches had to say after the game. OSU coach Mike Gundy on what he told the team postgame: “I had a good talk with the team. I told them I didn’t want them to lose sight of what really took place today … I thought they prepared well this week. I thought they played hard. There are certain things that we need to get better on.” WVU coach Dana Holgorsen on stopping OSU’s offense on third down: “I don’t pay attention to all of the calls, but it looked like we were playing defense. We were mixing it up well on third downs. Sometimes

  • Oklahoma State football: Meet the former walk-on who scored OSU's only touchdown against West Virginia

    By Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    TEDDY JOHNSON Q&A — The senior fullback from Cooppell, Texas, talks about feeling exhausted right before the elation of scoring the first touchdown of his collegiate career.

  • OSU football by the numbers: Cowboys have scored 1 offensive TD in 10 quarters

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    Here is a look at West Virginia’s 34-10 victory over Oklahoma State by the numbers: 1: Touchdown for OSU in the last 10 quarters. 2: Straight games with less than 20 points for OSU, after going 58 straight games with at least 20 points. In the two games, the Cowboys haven’t even reached 20 points combined. 7: Runs by West Virginia tailback Wendell Smallwood that resulted in first downs. On five of those conversions, the Mountaineers needed at least six yards. 7: Snaps for OSU in the third quarter. West Virginia had 25. 8: West Virginia possessions that began inside its own 22-yard line. 20: Tackles for safety Jordan Sterns; in the last 30 years, only twice has a Cowboy had more (Keith Burns, 23 vs.